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Monday June 25 2012
Mancini: Italy-Portugal Final!

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is expecting some shock Euro 2012 semi-final results. “It’ll be a Portugal-Italy Final.”

Holders Spain play Portugal on Wednesday night, while the Azzurri will have to face the challenge of Germany a day later.

“The Final will be between Italy and Portugal,” the former Inter tactician told Radio RAI on Monday afternoon.

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Monday June 25 2012
Montolivo: Let’s make history

Riccardo Montolivo insists that Italy have the opportunity to make history after defeating England at Euro 2012.

The new Milan man missed in the shoot-out after last night’s 0-0 draw, but the Azzurri still went through 4-2 on spot-kicks.

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Monday June 25 2012
Italy have fitness concerns

Daniele De Rossi and Ignazio Abate are fitness doubts for the Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany on Thursday.

The Roman was replaced by Bologna’s Alessandro Diamanti in the second half of last night’s penalty win against England.

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Monday June 25 2012
Twitter reaction to Pirlo’s penalty

Andrea Pirlo’s outrageous penalty in Italy’s shoot-out victory against England was the talk of Twitter on Sunday night.

The Juventus playmaker nonchalantly chipped the ball over the diving Joe Hart as the Azzurri progressed to the semi-finals of Euro 2012. They'll face Germany next.

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Monday June 25 2012
Cassano won’t criticise Prandelli

The agent of Antonio Cassano is refusing to criticise Italy boss Cesare Prandelli for taking his client off in last night’s penalty win over England.

The Milan forward was replaced by Bologna attacking midfielder Alessandro Diamanti, the man who struck home the decisive penalty.

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Monday June 25 2012
Germany want revenge, says Bierhoff

Germany will be looking for revenge when they play Italy in the semi-finals of Euro 2012, says Oliver Bierhoff.

The two teams will face each other on Thursday in a tie which will bring back memories of the Azzurri’s heroic 2-0 win over Germany at their own World Cup in 2006.

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Monday June 25 2012
Italy player ratings v England

It was irony central at Kiev's Olympic Stadium as boring defensive England fought for 120 mins to stave off suave, attacking Italy, only to fall victim to Gigi Buffon's penalty-saving prowess. Queen Elizabeth II, David Cameron, Brian Blessed, James Corden, your boys took one helluva beating...

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Sunday June 24 2012
Hodgson: 'England were heroic'

England manager Roy Hodgson stood by the two players who missed penalties in the “heroic” shoot-out defeat to Italy.

Riccardo Montolivo drilled wide, but Ashley Young hit the bar and Gigi Buffon saved from Ashley Cole in a 4-2 result.

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Sunday June 24 2012
Marchisio reveals injury worry

Claudio Marchisio reveals he was one of the designated penalty takers, but was not fit enough to step up against England.

“I was meant to be one of the penalty takers, but I ended the match with cramp and so told the Coach if someone else was in better shape then they ought to step up.”

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Sunday June 24 2012
Barzagli: 'Italy silenced England'

Andrea Barzagli admits he was nervous during the shoot-out, but credited total concentration for Italy keeping England ineffective.

“I was nervous during the penalties, as I thought it wouldn’t be right to go out, so I was very tense. In the end, we definitely deserved to go through.

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